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Green initiative begins 2012-2013 season


The Green Tuesdays and Thursdays initiative will once again take place throughout Dane County.

The 2012-2013 season begins in September with two food-related documentaries, said a press release.

Dive is about people salvaging thousands of dollars’ worth of edible food from dumpsters, showing food waste in America.

PlanEat is about three men who search for a diet that is good for human health, the environment, and the future of the planet.

Discussion will follow the films.

The events, which began in 2008, focus on the conservation of natural resources.  Nearly 2,200 attendees have discussed climate change, sustainable gardening, reducing energy use, composting, how to winterize a home, and the local Focus on Energy program, said a press release.

Madison ranked among top driving cities

Madison drivers can toot their own horns after Allstate Insurance Company?s latest driving report.

The eighth annual Allstate America?s Best Drivers Report ranked Madison as one of the safest driving cities in America, according to the insurance company.

Madison was ranked fourth.

The rankings are based on Allstate claims data and collision frequency in America?s 200 largest cities.

The fourth place ranking is up 13 spots from last year, said Allstate. According to the 2012 report, the average driver in Madison will experience an auto collision every 13 years.

?Drivers in Madison are making great progress toward keeping America?s roadways safer,? said David Hewitt, Allstate Territory Sales Leader in Wisconsin. ?We salute Madison?s best drivers and recognize their safe driving skills, which make all of our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.?

Madison dogs paddle to support police K-9s

Madison dogs paddle to support police K-9s


A local non-profit organization is hosting a fundraiser for Madison Police Department’s K-9 Unit.

Capital K9s helps to fund the unit through their annual Dog Paddle event.  Now in its sixth year, the event will be held at Goodman Pool, located at 325 W. Olin Ave.

At the Dog Paddle, dogs can swim, play and compete for prizes.  Past events have had 1,000 dogs in attendance.

Capital K9s recently helped the Madison Police Department purchase two new dogs which each cost $50,000, according to the non-profit.

The event will be Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission costs $12 for dogs and dog owners enter for free.

To register, purchase tickets, and for more information about Capital K9s and the dogs, visit http://www.capitalk9s.org/

Mallards hire former major league catcher as manager

The Madison Mallards have hired a manager from an archrival in the Northwoods League in an effort to find a leader to get them back to the playoffs.

Donnie Scott was named the new manager of the Madison Mallards Sunday.

He is a former major league catcher and longtime minor league manager who led the Battle Creek Bombers to the Northwoods league title in 2011, his only year in the league.

?I would like to thank team Owner Steve Schmitt, President Vern Stenman and General Manager Conor Caloia for this tremendous opportunity to manage the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League,? said Scott. ?It is very exciting to know I will be managing in such a great atmosphere in which the Mallards and their fans have created. It is a class organization and I am really looking forward to being a part of it.?

Police arrest driver after car crashes into garage

Madison police arrested a 21-year-old man Saturday after a car crashed into a home on the city's north side.

Police said witnesses saw two cars engaged in a road rage incident in the area of Sherman and Aberg Avenues Saturday morning.

Then, just after 8 a.m., a car crashed into a garage on the 1800 block of Sheridan Street.

The driver had fled, but police caught Deonte Thompson a short time later.

Police said Thompson faces a long list of charges, including operating while intoxicated, hit and run, and reckless driving.

Police said the crash caused a minor gas leak, which Madison Gas and Electric handled without any incident.

No one was home at the time of the crash.

Madison woman arrested after fight

A Madison woman is in custody after an Aug. 15 altercation on Madison's north side, police said.

Tanisha Johnson, 24, was arrested on charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Johnson said she was upset over a $27 phone bill that was owed to her, which led to a physical fight between Johnson and another woman in the 3700 block of Karstens Drive.

According to Madison police, after the physical fight was over, Johnson got into her vehicle and revved her engine in an apparent attempt to strike the victim and two other women in a nearby parking lot. Two of the women were holding infants at the time. No one was injured.

Johnson left the scene and was contacted by Madison police, but would not turn herself in without speaking to her attorney.

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

The first day of school will be a little brighter for some Madison families.

The annual Ready, Set, Go: Back to School event will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the Latino Support Network.  It will take place at both Boys & Girls Club sites- Taft Street and the Allied Family Center, and Leopold Elementary School.

MMSD Superintendent Jane Belmore and Boys & Girls Club CEO, Michael Johnson will meet at the Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club to deliver backpacks to neighborhood families, said a press release.

“Thanks to Walgreens, Michaels, Shopko, Staples, the Fitchburg Police Department and many other community partners we are able to get our local kids off to school with a great start,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.